Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 particularly Section 16 thereof mandates that all local government units (LGUs) to ensure and maintain peace and order within their respective areas of jurisdiction. In addition, Section 116 states that a Peace and Order Council (POC) shall be established in every Province, City and Municipality. In view of DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019 – 143, Series of 2019 entitled: “Guidelines for Peace and Order Councils (POCs)”, all POCs in every level (regional, provincial, city, municipal and barangay level) shall conduct regular meetings to ensure the effective and efficient performance in the implementation of programs, projects and activities aimed to curb anti-criminality, anti-insurgency, and anti-illegal drugs to ensure peace and order, and public safety. This is pursuant to Executive Order No. 773, Series of 2009 entitled: “Further Reorganizing the Peace and Order Council (POC), particularly Section 3 (b) states that Sub-National Councils shall identify strategies which will enrich peace and order and public safety within their respective areas of responsibility. In Caraga, we have five (5) Provincial, sixty-seven (67) Municipal Peace and Order Councils (MPOCs), six (6) City Peace and Order Councils.
- Published: 30 July 2021